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The American Bar (Bar, Hotel)

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The Stafford London Kempinskiotel, 16-18 St James's Place, St James, London, SW1A 1NJ
Cuisine: British
Tel: 020 7493 0111 | Transport: Green Park | Write review

The American Bar Description

The American Bar is so called because in the early 1930s the West End hotels started to cater for the ever-growing American market crossing the Atlantic aboard the multitude of ocean-going liners, long before the 747 was ever thought possible. The intrepid travellers from North America brought with them such exotic drinks as Manhattans, Martinis, Sidecars, The Vanderbilt Cocktail and the Waldorf. Prior to this the most adventurous cocktail an Englishman would drink was probably a Pink Gin or a Whisky and Soda. Every West End hotel then named their bar “The American Bar” in order to show that they

catered for the American market.

Over the years most hotels have renamed their bars and only The Stafford, The Savoy and The Connaught have kept the name The American Bar.

The American Bar is small and definitely well lived in - but really does have a worldwide reputation. Hundreds of signed celebrity photographs crowd the walls, and the ceiling is hung with a colourful collection of club ties, sporting mementoes and baseball caps. The bar is a confirmed favourite of American guests.

The bar was once declared as serving the best martini in the world and has won awards including being voted the second 'Best Cocktail Bar' as voted by Gourmet magazine.

Although the martini is a firm favourite, the American Bar does have other specialities, including The Owner's Brew. This dark English beer is in fact brewed by Daniel Thwaites, a Lancashire-based, family-controlled brewery that happens to own The Stafford! In the home town of Blackburn, the beer is still delivered by Shire horses; however, The Stafford's weekly supplies come by a slightly more up-to-date means of transport.

Charles Guano, the former head barman of the American Bar worked here for 42 years. His legacy and that of the first head barman Louis Crozet still remain. Now overseen by Charles' young protege, Benoit Provost, a visit to the American Bar is mandatory!

The American Bar is open daily and also serves light snacks and suppers. Dress code: Gentlemen are required to wear jackets in the evenings.

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  • Cuisine Type: British
  • Dress Code: Not Specified
  • Group: Kempinski

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